Writers Workshops Led by The Upper Room Editors

Looking for ways to sharpen your writing skills?

The Upper Room magazine editors speak at a variety of Christian writers' conferences each year.  You are welcome to register for any of those conference to reap all the benefits of a Christian writers' conference—among which are classes on how to write for The Upper Room.

See a listing of 2017 and 2018 conferences below and detailed descriptions of some 2017 conferences at the bottom of the page.
Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, May 21-25, 2017
Ridgecrest/LifeWay Conference Center 
Ridgecrest, NC (mountains of western North Carolina)  (See below.)

SoCal Christian Writers Conference, June 22-24, 2017
Biola University - La Mirada, CA (See below.)

Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference, August 15–18, 2017
Portland, OR (See below.)

Maranatha Christian Writers Conference, September 28-30, 2017
Muskegon, MI

Wordsowers Christian Writers Conference, April 27-28, 2018
Omaha, NE

Blue Lake Christian Writers Retreat, May 2-5, 2018
Blue Lake Campground, Andalusia, AL

See below for additional information about 2017 conferences featuring The Upper Room editors.

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference
May 21-25, 2017
Ridgecrest/LifeWay Conference Center Ridgecrest, NC (mountains of western North Carolina)


http://ridgecrestconferencecenter.org/event/blueridgemountainchristianwritersconference - .WKsXxBiZMcg(LifeWay website)

Edie Melson, director
DiAnn Mills, director
Email ediegmelson@gmail.com or mailto:diann@diannmills.comfor questions & general information.
In subject line, put "BRMCWC"

REGISTRATION: 1-800-588-7222

Contact Melissa Inman, event coordinator at melissa.inman@lifeway.com for brochures.

This conference offers writers the opportunity to interact with editors, agents, professional writers, and readers—offering workshops and continuing classes in a wide array of creative categories.

The Upper Room Associate Editor Susan King will be teaching a continuing class on writing and publishing meditations for daily devotional magazines and advanced writing and polishing for any market/genre.

SoCal Christian Writers Conference
June 22-24, 2017
Biola University (La Mirada, California)

This three-day conference features 13 continuing sessions for beginning fiction and nonfiction, intermediate/advanced fiction and nonfiction, speculative fiction, memoir, screenwriting for Hollywood, music writing, writing for children, writing as a career, marketing, indie publishing, and a teen track. Faculty includes representatives from major book and magazine publishers plus agents and experienced freelance authors. It will offer keynote addresses from Kim Bangs, senior acquisitions editor for Bethany House and Chosen, divisions of the Baker Publishing Group, Karen Ball, agent with the Steve Laube Literary agency, and Allen Arnold, head of Content & Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries, as well as numerous afternoon workshops, opportunities to meet one-on-one with the faculty, and post-conference activities at Southern California tourist attractions with conferees and faculty. 

At this conference, Susan King, Associate Editor of The Upper Room magazine, will be meeting with writers and also teaching workshops on “Devotional Writing” and “Writing for The Upper Room." 

For more information or online registration, go to www.socalcwc.com.

Oregon Christian Writers Summer Coaching Conference
August 15-18, 2017
Red Lion on the River Hotel (Jantzen Beach), Portland

OCW Summer Conference offers 10 morning intensive coaching classes, 24 afternoon workshops on writing craft, one-on-one meetings with editors and agents, mentoring appointments, manuscript reviews and professional panels in a relaxed yet professional setting. Daily worship and general sessions will feature keynoters, Frank Peretti, the best-selling author of This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, and Tessa Afshar, the Christy-award-winning author of Harvest of Gold, and In the Field of Grace, based on the story of Ruth. The conference also features an Early Bird seminar “Create Compelling Novels and Screenplays” with Hollywood script consultant and best-selling author of Writing Screenplays that Sell, Michael Hague.  Other highlights include the Cascade Awards where winners of the annual Cascade Writing Contest will be honored. The conference theme will be, “Filled with His Wisdom” based on Colossians 1:9–10.

The Upper Room Associate Editor, Susan King, will be teaching a seven-hour intensive coaching class “Writing Powerful Devotionals—or How to Write Well in Any Genre.” She will also be meeting with writers for one-on-one appointments.

Registration opened March 15. For more information about the summer conference, visit:www.oregonchristianwriters.org/2017-summer-conference-main-page/

Also, stop by the OCW Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/OregonChristianWriters

Follow OCW on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OregonWriters

Lindy Jacobs, Conference Director

Direct questions to: summerconf@oregonchristianwriters.org

Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
Maranatha Bible & Missionary Conference
September 28-30, 2017
4759 Lake Harbor
Muskegon, MI 49441

If you can attend only one writers’ conference this year, why should the Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference be the one?

This conference recognizes the rapidly changing nature of today’s publishing world, and equips you to prosper in it. This year’s theme, “Let’s Celebrate!” allows us to reflect on our 40 year history, see all the changes that have taken place, and be prepared for the newest trends in the publishing world.

  • Gone are the days when you can simply search for a publishing house to partner with you and expect them to do everything except the writing itself. In today’s economy, publishers have neither the staff nor the budget to do as much for you. You’ll have to do more yourself—so you need to understand the process and be prepared to do the work.  It’s Time to take action!  You will meet many experts in the field of publishing, and have the opportunity to chat with them face-to-face as well as learning in a group setting.
  • Our program is second to none, and offers a number of sessions you’ll experience nowhere else:
    • Keynote speakers that will address felt needs and current events.  Saundra Aldrich (founder of the conference 40 years ago) and Doc Hensley will inspire and instruct and will leave you with tangible tools to use as you move to the next level as a Christian writer.
    • General Sessions and group activities that cover changing trends and new opportunities. 
    • One-on-one consultations with a wide variety of industry professionals, including, for an extra fee, a longer paid consultation in the area of Social Media.
    • A opportunity for interaction with the experts with 1st Page Peer Critiquing.
    • A choice of twenty-four one-hour workshops by industry professionals on a wide variety of subjects crucial to your success.

At this conference, The Upper Room associate editor Susan King will be teaching a continuing class, Turning Personal Experience into a Devotional which will focus on the devotional market in general, as well as specialized writing for The Upper Room, the world’s premier daily devotional guide, and a crash course in the essential elements of excellent style for any genre. Participants will leave with concrete tools for producing polished works that dazzle both readers and editors. 

Registration is open, and if you register as an early bird before June 1, there is a $50 savings.

For more information about this fall conference, visit:  www.maranathachristianwriters.com

Also, stop by the MCWC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/maranathawriter/

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaranathaWriter

Bonnie Emmorey, Conference Director

Direct questions to: Bonnie@MaranathaChristianWriters.com